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February 18, 2005
DE COLORES (CHANGE OF COLORS) 2005—LATINOS IN
de Colores (Change of Colors) - Latinos in Missouri” is an annual three-day
conference that focuses on issues related to the current Latino immigration to
the state in particular and the Midwest in general. The goal of this conference is to contribute
to the smooth integration of the new population for the benefit of all the
people in the state of
to other states of the heartland, the Latino population in
fourth conference theme is “Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors)-Latinos in
With the overall emphasis of translating knowledge into policy, the main objectives of the conference are to assess the changes brought about by the presence of new Latino settlers in every region of the state; to discuss the multiple contributions—economic, social, and cultural—that this settlement of new Missourians is bringing to many communities and to the state as a whole; to share relevant scholarship and best practices, and identify growth opportunities and challenges that this demographic change brings to the state, its people, communities, businesses, and educational institutions; and to provide a forum to discuss these important and complex issues.
Conference co-chairs are
Plenary speakers will include national and state experts on education, demographics, community development, policy-making, health care, as well as service providers themselves. There also will be a presentation by the Missouri Governor’s Commission of Hispanic Affairs.
Special guests include Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman, UM System President
Elson S. Floyd, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and interim Provost Lori Franz, and
Main sponsors are the University of Missouri System; the MU Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Vice Provost for International Programs & Faculty Development, Cambio Center, Hispanic and Latin American Faculty & Staff Association (HLAFSA); University of Missouri Extension Alianzas; in cooperation with the MU Conference Office.
Early additional sponsorship has been received from State Farm Insurance, Saint Louis University, US Bank, Missouri Foundation for Health, Premium Standard Farms, and Mercy Health Plans of Missouri.
For more information regarding the conference, please access the conference website: http://www.cambiodecolores.org